Colin’s Column | The Fabled Charles James

Ball gowns by Charles James | Source: Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Cecil Beaton, Copyright (c) Condé Nast

On the eve of the gala to benefit the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute and celebrate the launch of this year’s fashion exhibit, “Charles James: Beyond Fashion,” Colin McDowell looks back at the life and work of the designer who Christian Dior called “the greatest talent of my generation.”

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Leather forever, China momentum, Adidas profits to rise, Curator wears Prada, ‘It’ brand again

Hermès winged saddle bag | Source: Glam

Wings of desire: 175 years of Hermès (Telegraph) “Fast-forward to now, and Hermès is the world’s best-regarded luxury company. The regard is reflected in its performance: last year, its profits rose 41 per cent to £495 million. Its exquisitely printed silk scarves are lusted after, but the cult of Hermès is predicated primarily on its handbags.” Slowdown in China? Not for luxury brands (CNN) “China’s

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